Looking to add a bit of adrenalin and speed to your golf? Perhaps the game moves a bit too slow for you? If this sounds like you then you need to give Speed Golf a go.
Also known as Extreme Golf, Fast Golf, Fitness Golf and Hit and Run Golf, Speed Golf is a sport which involves playing a round of golf in the lowest possible sum of strokes and time.
The History of Speed Golf
It is thought the sport begun in the 1970’s when a handful of golfers began setting and chasing the world record for the fastest round of 18. The idea of Speed Golf really started to gain notoriety in 1979 when former American record holder runner, Steve Scott, finished 18-holes in only 29 minutes 30 seconds and shot 95. The current record is held by Christoper Smith, who raced to a score of 109:06 in October 2005. He shot a six-under-par 65 in 44 minutes and 6 seconds, carrying only six clubs and sprinting between shots.
How to Score a Round of Speed Golf
To calculate a Speed Golf Score, you add the total number of strokes taken to the total number of minutes required to complete the round. An official Speed Golf score must also include the number of seconds, in addition to the number of minutes required to complete the round. Seconds are also used to break tying scores.
A Speed Golf score is presented as a whole number followed by a colon, followed by a whole number. The number prior to the colon is the golf score added to the number of minutes it took to complete the round. The number following the colon represents the number of seconds in addition to the total minutes required to complete the round
Rules & Equipment for Speed Golf
In Speed Golf you are only allowed a maximum of 7 clubs and you must carry them yourself, no caddies or carts allowed! Apart from a few changes to keep the game moving, the rules of Speed Golf are very similar to the applicable Rules of Golf, as put forward by the USGA and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, Scotland.
Head over the Speed Golf International website for more information about the rules and etiquette of Speed Golf. Keep in mind that your local club or event may also have a few of their own rules that supersede the international rules.
Speed Golf in Rotorua
Rotorua Golf Club was home to the 2015 Tompkins Wake New Zealand Speed Golf Open. The tournament was won by Rotorua local Landyn Edwards with NZ Olympic 1500m silver medallist Nick Willis coming runner up. The 2016 event will return to Rotorua Golf Club so keep an eye on our upcoming events page for all the information.
So what are you waiting for? Get some mates together, grab a handful of clubs and visit Rotorua Golf Club for a speedy game of golf. Please see our Speed Golf page for times, prices and more information.